NaNoWriMo Week 5 Update

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The Final Stretch to the Finish Line

This month has been an amazing learning experience for me as a writer. I have always struggled with fighting my inner editor, which has left many projects unfinished. NaNoWriMo has taught me how to allow myself to write poorly during my first draft. I know I can fix all the imperfections in rewrites. It has been a freeing experience and I hope that I can transfer the skills I learned this month into my daily life. One of my major goals for the month was to write 50,000 words. It was a long process but with a bit of rebelling, I was able to meet the final word count. I'm proud of myself for achieving this goal during my first year. Especially when I found out about NaNo in the middle of October.

Another one of my goals this week was to write every single day. I'm proud to say that I have achieved this goal. It's hard to write on the days when you don't feel creative. But I've found that even writing things you know won't make it into the second draft is rewarding.

am extremely glad that I discovered NaNoWriMo this year. I joined an amazing writing community for NaNo lovers. I became a moderator on a NaNoWriMo support page and have joined groups that will continue to write together throughout the year. I am going to spend time next year planning out my NaNo novel and coming up with an idea that I am excited about the entire time.


Week 5 Word Count

Starting Word Count: 35,421
nding Word Count: 50,026


Quick Day Overview

Day 25: I had a late start writing because I spent the day with my friend Klaudia. After she left I was able to write 2,013 words before my boyfriend got home from a fundraiser in our neighbourhood. If I keep this pace up the rest of the week then I'll be a NaNo winner my first year! It is exciting to see how close I have come and how much I can write when I set my mind to something.

Day 26: Today I had a productive day. I ran some errands with my boyfriend including buying a fireproof filing cabinet to protect all our important documents. Afterwards I had a burst of inspiration. I was able to write 1,000 in no time at all. After that I took a break to eat some food before writing some more. In total I was able to write 3,162 words today. I am proud to say that I reached 40,000 words today. I am hoping to write another 4-7K words by the 28 so I'm not pressed for words at the end.

Day 27: Today I was able to get 2,631 words down on the page. Today was about transitioning my character from one bad situation into another. I think the next few thousand words will be easy to write as my character will be jumping from one bad place to another. Her degression begins now when she realizes her goal is impossible.

Day 28: Today was my day off of school. I decided to get my word count up to 48,000 today. In order for me to achieve this goal I had to write 4,773 words. Completing this goal would mean that I am back on track and set to finish on time. I was able to write 4,842 words. I'm proud of all that I accomplished today. It would be great if I could finish the story tomorrow night. I would be extremely happy to finish a day early. Regardless I am very proud of myself.

Day 29: Today I knew exactly where I needed my story to go but I was tired after a long day of school but I was determined to get the word count in. After dinner (which was a late dinner) I decided that I was going to work hard to get the word count in. I wanted to get it finished a day early so that I could relax and not stress about my word count on the final day. Despite the challenges I faced, I was able to reach the word count of 1,957. I validated my word count and am officially a NaNoWriMo 2017 winner!


Future Writing Goals

  • Write at least three times a week (for blog and for other things)
  • Submit to a bunch of literary magazines to try to get published before the end of 2018

Other NaNoWriMo Updates

If you want to read other updates from NaNoWriMo, you can check out my Friday postings in November 2017 in the archive.